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11th Apr '16 1:31:40 PM towercurator
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* In ''Literature/VoidDomain'', when Arachne hides as a small spider on Eva's person, tapping her left shoulder is no while right shoulder is yes.
13th Mar '16 5:23:15 AM Morgenthaler
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8th Mar '16 1:58:35 AM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Anchorman}}'': "Baxter, is that you? BAXTER! Bark twice if you're in Milwaukee!"

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* ''Film/{{Anchorman}}'': ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'' -- "Baxter, is that you? BAXTER! Bark twice if you're in Milwaukee!"
8th Dec '15 1:44:23 PM margdean56
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* Fox in Creator/MatthewReilly's Shane Schofield trilogy had to use this technique twice: by tapping her wrist mike when she couldn't move, and coughing when she was under guard. Apparently "one for no, two for yes" is more dramatic, especially if the hero is going to ask "Are you alright?".

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* Fox in Creator/MatthewReilly's Shane Schofield trilogy had to use this technique twice: by tapping her wrist mike when she couldn't move, and coughing when she was under guard. Apparently "one for no, two for yes" is more dramatic, especially if the hero is going to ask "Are you alright?".all right?".



** This trope is played straight in ''Summer Knight'' when Harry is comunicating with an inch-tall wyldfae named Elidee. Blinking faelight is the only effect she can produce that Harry can percieve.

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** This trope is played straight in ''Summer Knight'' when Harry is comunicating with an inch-tall wyldfae named Elidee. Blinking faelight is the only effect she can produce that Harry can percieve.perceive.
25th Nov '15 11:04:55 AM missmoon
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* In the final puzzle of ''[[MysteryCaseFiles Escape From Ravenhearst]]'', Emma and the Somersetts are all BoundAndGagged, unable to signal you except with their eyes. [[spoiler: Luckily, they can still give you the code for a mechanism that will free them and win the game: Rose and Emma, by looking up/down or left/right, and the twins by blinking.]]

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* In the final puzzle of ''[[MysteryCaseFiles ''[[Videogame/MysteryCaseFiles Escape From Ravenhearst]]'', Emma and the Somersetts Somersets are all BoundAndGagged, unable to signal you except with their eyes. [[spoiler: Luckily, they can still give you the code for a mechanism that will free them and win the game: Rose and Emma, by looking up/down or left/right, and the twins by blinking.]]
26th Oct '15 6:27:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* Similar to the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' example, in a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode an ex-teacher could only move through a machine which could also beep (everybody thought she was giving everybody the silent treatment when the batteries died), and is asked by the police officer whether a suspect was involved in a crime she witnessed, he interprets her bleeps as "yes, yes!" The commentary specifically says that they just wanted to make the "Yes, yes" joke with her.

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* Similar to the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' example, in In a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode an ex-teacher could only move through a machine which could also beep (everybody thought she was giving everybody the silent treatment when the batteries died), and is asked by the police officer whether a suspect was involved in a crime she witnessed, he interprets her bleeps as "yes, yes!" The commentary specifically says that they just wanted to make the "Yes, yes" joke with her.
26th Oct '15 6:19:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Explorers'', a group of kids somehow learn to use their home computer to produce and control a spherical forcefield of arbitrary size and position, eventually using it to build a spaceship. The aliens they meet at the end of the film speak entirely in reproductions of pop culture from Earth's TV broadcasts.
* In ''Dark Passage'' (1947), fugitive Vincent Parry has just gotten a face-lift from plastic surgeon Dr. Walter Coley. After the operation, Parry's face is bandaged and the doctor tells him not to move his mouth until he is completely healed:

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* In ''Explorers'', ''Film/{{Explorers}}'', a group of kids somehow learn to use their home computer to produce and control a spherical forcefield of arbitrary size and position, eventually using it to build a spaceship. The aliens they meet at the end of the film speak entirely in reproductions of pop culture from Earth's TV broadcasts.
* In ''Dark Passage'' ''Film/DarkPassage'' (1947), fugitive Vincent Parry has just gotten a face-lift from plastic surgeon Dr. Walter Coley. After the operation, Parry's face is bandaged and the doctor tells him not to move his mouth until he is completely healed:



* In the LordPeterWimsey novel ''Strong Poison'', Miss Climpson fakes a seance, as an excuse to search the house of a dying woman for a will that Lord Peter suspects will contain incriminating evidence.

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* In the LordPeterWimsey Creator/LordPeterWimsey novel ''Strong Poison'', Miss Climpson fakes a seance, as an excuse to search the house of a dying woman for a will that Lord Peter suspects will contain incriminating evidence.



* During ''[[XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', Gammorrean pilot Piggy's translator breaks, and his grunts aren't understandable, so when asking if he's okay, his squadronmates resort to this.
* Fox in MatthewReilly's Shane Schofield trilogy had to use this technique twice: by tapping her wrist mike when she couldn't move, and coughing when she was under guard. Apparently "one for no, two for yes" is more dramatic, especially if the hero is going to ask "Are you alright?".
* The ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series has Sning, the magic snake ring that answers any question the wearer asks of it by squeezing his (or her) finger: one squeeze for yes, two for no, three to indicate that a yes-or-no answer cannot be given.

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* During ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', Gammorrean pilot Piggy's translator breaks, and his grunts aren't understandable, so when asking if he's okay, his squadronmates resort to this.
* Fox in MatthewReilly's Creator/MatthewReilly's Shane Schofield trilogy had to use this technique twice: by tapping her wrist mike when she couldn't move, and coughing when she was under guard. Apparently "one for no, two for yes" is more dramatic, especially if the hero is going to ask "Are you alright?".
* The ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series has Sning, the magic snake ring that answers any question the wearer asks of it by squeezing his (or her) finger: one squeeze for yes, two for no, three to indicate that a yes-or-no answer cannot be given.



* ''Superior Court'': An episode of this 1980s courtroom drama had an episode where a witness, rendered a vegetable after a game of Russian roulette, testify at a murder trial by answering yes/no questions through blinking. His testimony helps convict the defendant.

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* ''Superior Court'': ''Series/SuperiorCourt'': An episode of this 1980s courtroom drama had an episode where a witness, rendered a vegetable after a game of Russian roulette, testify at a murder trial by answering yes/no questions through blinking. His testimony helps convict the defendant.



* ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':

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* Jack the dog in ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey:'' barks once for "no," and twice for "yes." And he's always right.

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* Jack the dog in ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey:'' ''Series/TalesOfTheGoldMonkey:'' barks once for "no," and twice for "yes." And he's always right.



* The pilot of {{CSI NY}} had Mac using this with a woman suffering from locked in syndrome. Unfortunately, she had a stroke before he could finish questioning her. This was an inversion of the standard code as Mac choose to have two blinks mean "yes" and one mean "no".

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* The pilot of {{CSI NY}} ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' had Mac using this with a woman suffering from locked in syndrome. Unfortunately, she had a stroke before he could finish questioning her. This was an inversion of the standard code as Mac choose to have two blinks mean "yes" and one mean "no".



* Late 70s [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] {{Radio}} sketch series ''TheBurkissWay'' used this once. It went something like:

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* Late 70s [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] {{Radio}} sketch series ''TheBurkissWay'' ''Radio/TheBurkissWay'' used this once. It went something like:
25th Sep '15 2:42:54 PM Discar
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* ''PersonOfInterest''. Finch is shown communicating with the Machine in its early days via this method, using the vibration-tone setting on his mobile.

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* ''PersonOfInterest''.''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Finch is shown communicating with the Machine in its early days via this method, using the vibration-tone setting on his mobile.
1st Aug '15 8:25:22 AM PaulA
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* ''Blithe Spirit'' ([[BlitheSpirit no relation]]) has a seance that uses this.


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* ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' has a seance in which the medium's spirit guide knocks once for "yes", twice for "no", and occasionally several times in a row for "I'm in a bad mood and feeling uncooperative".
9th Apr '15 7:57:37 AM Micah
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' where [[GeneralFailure Zapp Brannigan]] tells Fry in a Captain Pike-like device[[note]]actually a machine for testifying; yes, it makes no sense, but this is Zapp we're talking about.[[/note]] to beep once for guilty, twice for not guilty. After Fry beeps twice, Zapp concludes, "Double yes! Guilty!" Leela doesn't hesitate to correct him.
** Fry spends the rest of the segment communicating with Morse code, and eventually slips back to verbal communication after the {{Flashback}}, where Brannigan reminds him to use the beeping noise. Other characters switch out with Fry in the device during their own testimonies, and it's eventually shown that a pedal is used to make the beeping noise.
* Similar to the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' example, in a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode an ex-teacher could only move through a machine which could also beep (everybody thought she was giving everybody the silent treatment when the batteries died), and is asked by the police officer whether a suspect was involved in a crime she witnessed, he interprets her bleeps as "yes, yes!"
** The commentary specifically says that they just wanted to make the "Yes, yes" joke with her.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' where [[GeneralFailure Zapp Brannigan]] tells Fry in a Captain Pike-like device[[note]]actually a machine for testifying; yes, it makes no sense, but this is Zapp we're talking about.[[/note]] to beep once for guilty, twice for not guilty. After Fry beeps twice, Zapp concludes, "Double yes! Guilty!" Leela doesn't hesitate to correct him.
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Fry spends the rest of the segment communicating with Morse code, and eventually slips back to verbal communication after the {{Flashback}}, where Brannigan reminds him to use the beeping noise. Other characters switch out with Fry in the device during their own testimonies, and it's eventually shown that a pedal is used to make the beeping noise.
* Similar to the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' example, in a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode an ex-teacher could only move through a machine which could also beep (everybody thought she was giving everybody the silent treatment when the batteries died), and is asked by the police officer whether a suspect was involved in a crime she witnessed, he interprets her bleeps as "yes, yes!"
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yes!" The commentary specifically says that they just wanted to make the "Yes, yes" joke with her.
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